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As a Record Number of Seniors Are Living Alone, Aging Experts Offer 7 Warning Signs to Look for on Thanksgiving Visits to Older Family Members and Friends
Date:11/25/2013

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) November 25, 2013

As millions of Americans travel this week for Thanksgiving, many adult children will spend time with their aging parents and loved ones. A record number of these older Americans are living alone. A government report found that 11.3 million older Americans -- some 30 percent of those over 65 and older fully half of women age 75 or older -- now live by themselves.    

For many families, the holidays are the one time of the year they can physically “check in” on older loved ones. So it is an important chance to look for signs that older loved ones – especially those who live alone -- may need additional help or attention. To assist families, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) -- whose members are trained experts working day to day with seniors - are providing key questions to ask and warning signs to look for during holiday visits. The aging experts at NAPGCM suggest you look for these 7 potential warning signs that could mean that loved ones need medical attention or more assistance to continue living independently:

1.    Changes in Physical Appearance: Do you notice either significant weight loss or weight gain? Do you notice any bumps or bruises that may indicate they have had falls?

2.    Loss of Mobility: Do you notice any increased difficulty in walking or getting in and out of chairs/sofas? Do they appear less steady on their feet?

3.    Decline in Home Cleanliness and Repair: Does their home look clean and well maintained or is it in need of cleaning and/or repairs? Is trash and/or clutter accumulating? Does it smell of urine
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